The highest newly rival “TOKYO SKY TREE” is much popular these days.
However don’t forget the ever time icon Tokyo Tower.
Capturing a famous icon with a unique way is always challenging, but still you have some room for it. I’d tried with my way, so you should.
We Japanese call it “Tocho” in short.
It’s a massive and gigantic architecture. It looks like a fortress.
However security was not so strict that you can use your tripod or ND filters for long exposures.
Designed by Kenzo Tange.
The building is curved and distorted, not by an natural disaster but was designed so.
Ginza is a very fashionable district, your wife or girlfriend are happy to come with you to “De Beers“. Just take care not to inside the building with them.
Junctions are the last resorts for people who are get tired of shooting popular sites.
Hakozaki is the most popular, chaotic look of junction, and there are many attractive siblings nearby.
I’m sure just try to visiting all the junctions, your time in Tokyo would be gone.
Do you want to know more about Hakozaki? Please check my old post.
Comparing with the original black and white version, how do you feel differently from both images?
The way to change the tone
RGB color curve
The easiest way to modify the tone is using RGB color curve.
If you don’t want to modify the entire of your image, use graduated filter. You’ve already familiar with the graduated filter when you want to darken the sky, haven’t you?
you can also use “Split Toning” when you can add another subtle tone to the highlight (or shadow). Remeber, this modify the whole highlights on your image.If you want to editing more precisely, more tiny space on your image, you’d better to go to Photoshop.
My “NEO OSAKA” was made by this filter techniques with much more precise manner.
The basic image was blue toned B&W image, then I added 4 different colors where I want to add.Especially I gave windows of center buildings color “yellow” in order to give the image subtle warm feeling.
There are various ways to change the tone. Just use them, play with them!
Experiment gains your experience. That’s what I always do.
Fushimi Inari-taisha, Kyoto, is the most famous and popular destination. They have more than 5,000 tori-i (less than 10,000?) are standing in the line. The tori-i tunnels is simply amazing. Any companies or any individuals donate some amount of money in order to build their own tori-i with their name on it. So the total number of tori-i in there is keep going up nowadays.
Miyajima, Hiroshima prefecture (厳島,広島)
Miyajima(宮島) is also a popular sight. I visited there the last summer with my family.
Allow me for showing you some snap shots from there.
Let me introduce one of the famous “Tori-i” location”Kamiiso-no-Torii”, Oarai, Ibaraki, prefecture.
Since my home town is pretty nearby the location, I visit there in every new year holiday.
the sunrise on New Year’s day
In Japan it is celebrated as the first crack of dawn once a year,so lots of people visit to see the sunrise on New Year’s day. The location is so popular for the beautiful sunrise that many, so, sooou many people come to see the place throughout the night to dawn.If you want to visit there to shoot, you have better to avoid the January 1st, or you just hold your camera without the tripod in the crowded people.
I always visit there the 2nd day, January. Still there were so many photographers, but I can assure that you can find one or two spots for your tripod.
Just after the sun rise
On the rock is a good spot.
On the new years’day there would be much more poeple.
Since I’d visited there many times before I wanted to try different method: Panorama.
Actually panorama method is not good for a closed seascape because sea stacks can be the hindrance for smooth transition of stitching. However “long exposure” can solve the problem.
Below are 9 raw shots , before stitching panorama:
Tech info:D600, 70-200 f4(70mm),f9, 30seconds for each shot.
After stitching (rough edit):
The long exposure flattened the sea stacks, transition of the border of each images were greatly done.
The above is the just before the sunrise, and I was keep shooting for another version of panorama:
Tech info:D600, 70-200 f4(70mm),f9, 1/3 seconds for each shot.
result ( finished version)
This time the transition was much harder but I blended the sea stacks manually and carefully for acquiring the natural look. Bellow is the right half of the above, which original file has still around 6000×12000 pixels.
Godsend by Yoshihiko Wada on 500px
I visited the location the next day and tried some long exposures.
Do you care about the title of your image seriously?
I do. Since titles are important aspect of my images,
I don’t publish my images until a proper title has given to the image.
Meaning of “untitled”
You may argue that an “untitled” gives people some room to think about freely toward the image. If your intention is that manner, “untitled” is probably OK, otherwise you are just lazy to think about your title of image.
Title changes the world
A title changes the perspective.
“UNTITLED” : D600,28mm f10,183sec.
This is a pretty simple long-exposure seascape : one main rock and a few small rocks above.
What the title will you give it?
How about “the rock “?
You may think “I know! it’s a rock. so what?”
They stop thinking about the image with a obvious material name.
How about “The nose“?
You’re gradually seeing the rock as a nose sticking from the surface, aren’t you?
Instead of giving an obvious material name, how about the title:
[Solitude], [time], [calmness], [infinity]
The subject is so simple that you can chose many options.
Giving those title viewers will think about the title, and trying to find something in common with the creator.
With a proper title you can guide viewers to the specific direction.
Just give it “rock” or “untitled”. They just wonder where they should go.
They want to feel something from your work as same as when you saw the scene.
We call it”sympathy”. A proper title can arouse their sympathy
How to make a good title
Tell me!! I eager to know.
Since English is not my native tongue, making a good English title is always challenging.
So I prefer simple and short titles combining with a few words
Soak in Marshall: To get ideal composition which I wanted, I had to soak in the beach.
You often see the title “The beautiful sunset” or “Sunset at the lake” etc.
“Sunset” and “sunrise” are so obvious term that you may avoid using them, and instead you can use a synonym, like:
They are still popular terms, however you can combine them with simple words or locations.
“The last twilight”, ” Twilight to the shadow”, “Night fall at Tokyo”
I am not a poet or didn’t major English literature, so please allow me for poor vocabulary.
You can do far better than me with in any other language.
Borrow the titles from a movie or a music
Fortunately or unfortunately there are no property right for titles.
That means you can borrow or steel titles from movies, books and musics, etc..
Although you have to bear in mind that a popular title instantly recall viewers of the original source if they knew it. So please take a moment whether the image really match the title which you are going to take.
So I advise you that instead of using the title as exactly the same, just give it a little twist.
Happy new year everyone!!
2015 was pretty good year for me, I had so many positive response for my works and had chance to express my creativity freedom. I hope 2016 will be better than ever, and I know it depends on me. Of course I’m going to work hard, but not too hard, and enjoy the every moment and process of capturing a photo and making an art.
from Wikipedia: The Tokyo International Forumis a multi-purpose exhibition center in Tokyo, Japan.One of its halls seats 5,000. In addition to seven other halls, it includes exhibition space, a lobby, restaurants, shops, and other facilities. Designed by architect Rafael Viñoly and completed in 1996, it features swooping curves of steel truss and glass; the outside is shaped like an elongated boat.
Anyway, it’s a gorgeous place!! without no description. It’s so popular place that NIKON put an image from there on their D5200, and D5300 for there leaflets.
Don’t forget to bring a ultra wide lens!! bellow images are comparison images between 10-24mm(DX) and Full size, 14-24mm(FX) at almost the same place and composing. You can see its difference of distortion and perspective between both sensor sizes.
D7000, AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED
D800E,AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
Underground of Tokyo is a huge maze!! It’s so convenient that you can visit namely everyplace without got rained ,and for a vampire who hates sunshine . But for a tourist, you may lost in there. if you got lost, just go outside. It’s much easier to access to your destination.
Once you got into the place, it’s your playground. I’m sure you can spend t hours to shoot various attractive spots.
● Before and After
Raw:S.O.D sense of dimension:Ⅱ
S.O.D sense of dimension:Ⅱ（Horizonatal Ver.）
Day or night?
I recommend to visit there both time period: Day and Night. The place will show you different aspect of beauty. The last time I visited there, I visited evening, unfortunately the place was under refurbishing: The huge sealing was covered with nets.
Still, I could enjoying t shoot its futuristic both inside and outside.
Exterior at night (all images are 3 bracketed HDR images developed by LightRoom6)
Corner of the SIDE7 part1
Corner of the SIDE7 part2
Corner of the SIDE7 part3
When you have a chance to visit Tokyo, don’t miss the place.
Just go and gｒab a great architectural image as your souvenirs.
There are two most famous junctions in Japan: One is Hakozaki(箱崎), and the other is Awaza(阿波座).
I introduced Hakozaki, Tokyo, the other day, so this time is “Awaza”, Osaka where is my hometown.
●Tourist guide to Awaza
Awaza is not a normal sight seeing spot in Osaka,and probably your wife or girlfriend wouldn’t like it. But if you love urban scape , I strongly recommend you to visit there before you leave the town.
Awaza Junction is located very near by Awaza station, then the access is pretty easy. Even it’s your first time to visit Osaka you’d never lost the way to Awaza. After visiting Osaka castle, pretty nearby, your next destination is here, Awaza. Check the root.
If you want to observe the structure of Awaza much more, come to daytime, and try Black and White to enhance its complicated structure and details. This is the place my Black and white long-exposure Junctions series”Calculated Chaos” came to my mind.
D600 , 14-24 ultra wide lens with lucroit filter adapter : waiting a cloud.I almost gave up, but one cloud came after 3o minutes waiting.
If you’d ask me what is the most important aspect to be a better photographer, my answer is here:persistence.
When I took the photo” Medusa’s soul”, there were no clouds at all in the clear blue sky on the hot summer day. however I really needed a blurred cloud between the concrete roads above. I took 4 “5 minutes-long exposure shots” without any cloud, however I finally got one cloud in the frame.
5 minutes long exposure without any clouds doesn’t make sense at all. It just gain massive noises.